The Acquisition of the DP in Modern Greek

ORCID logoTheodoros Marinis | University College London
ISBN 9789027225009 (Eur) | EUR 105.00
ISBN 9781588114501 (USA) | USD 158.00
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This book offers new data on the acquisition of functional categories in early child speech. Based on longitudinal corpora of five children acquiring Modern Greek as their first language, it describes the development of single DPs consisting of definite and indefinite articles, complex DPs that require the use of multiple definite articles — possessive constructions, appositive constructions and Determiner Spreading, a form of adjectival modification — and number and case marking in nouns and definite articles. Detailed quantitative and qualitative analyses show an incremental development of the DP. The findings address the debate concerning maturation versus continuity. Incremental acquisition of the DP argues in favour of a weak continuity approach to language acquisition. Whilst gradual acquisition of the DP remains unexplained within the Principles and Parameters Theory, it is fully compatible within Minimalism, as it is argued to result from the gradual acquisition of the features associated with the Greek DP.
[Language Acquisition and Language Disorders, 31] 2003.  xiv, 261 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“The book will no doubt be a worthwhile read for anyone interested in analyses of the DP as well as of the acquisition of the DP in general and the MG in particular.”
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CFDC: Language acquisition

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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